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The wife of a hunter found dead Sunday morning in
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SHOOTING: Couple had been hunting together Sunday when nearby hunters heard shot
western Oktibbeha County was arrested Wednesday for her husband’s murder. Verina Marie Childs, 37, of 3875 Jeff Peay Road in Oktibbeha County, was arrested by the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department and was being held Wednesday afternoon at the Oktibbeha County Jail on a $125,000 bond. A preliminary hearing will be set at a later date. Childes and her husband, Douglas Marion Childes, 32, were hunting together off Hawkins Road, not far from

the Choctaw County line, shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday when other hunters in the area heard a gunshot and a cry of “Oh no.” See MURDER, 10A

Silent protest speaks volumes
MUW: Students march to show disapproval of merger plan
— COLUMBUS 50 Approximately Mississippi University for Women students walked silently across campus Tuesday before standing arm-in-arm in front of Callaway Hall and Columbus Hall. It was a show of solidarity in protest against a proposed merger, which would see the state’s smallest public university merged with its largest, Mississippi State University. The symbolic wall of people was the students’ way of blocking entrance to their school while drawing attention to their disapproval. “They ask the board what they think. They ask teachers. They ask state officials.
Michael Richardson sits with his hands clasped near his face Tuesday morning. In front of him is a Bible.

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Richardson found competent to stand trial
COLUMBUS — A Lowndes County murder suspect will continue treatment at Mississippi State Hospital until his February 2010 trial. Sixteenth Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens at a Tuesday hearing in Lowndes County found Michael Shane Richardson competent to stand trial for capital murder charges. “Today’s hearing was to determine if Richardson is mentally competent to stand trial,” said Assistant District Attorney Rhonda HayesEllis. Kitchens has set a tentative trial date for Feb. 22, 2010. Pre-trail motions must be filed by Jan. 21, 2010. See RICHARDSON, 10A

See MUW, 3A
Mississippi University for Women students line up in front of Callaway Hall on Tuesday in a silent protest over plans to merge MUW with Mississippi State University.

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Man held on robbery, kidnapping charges
CRIME: Suspect took ‘sob story’ door to door, asking for money, police say
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A Starkville man who police say has been going door to door in the middle of the night and begging for money with a “sob story” about a sick daughter is now being held on charges of robbery and kidnapping. The charges against 32-year-old Develle Henderson stem from an incident Saturday night, during which he knocked on the door of a man and his fiancée and demanded $20, Starkville Police Department Sgt. Chadd Garnett said. Henderson kept his hand in his coat pocket during the encounter, which frightened the victim, Garnett said. “With the bulge in his pocket, the victim felt like it was more than his hand in his pocket,” Garnett




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I Ninth annual Possum Town Grand Prix SLM $2,000 plus NeSmith Fall Nationals. For more information, call Columbus Motor Speedway at 662-241-5004. I The MSU Symphony Orchestra presents its first concert at 6:30 p.m. in McComas Hall on the MSU campus. Free to the public. Info: 662-325-3070. I The 37th annual Mississippi State University Holiday Bazaar features more than 100 vendors from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. both days at the Joe Frank Sanderson Center on campus. Info: Campus Activities Board, 662-325-2910.


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Roman Polanski was granted $4.5 million bail Wednesday, clearing the way for the fugitive director to move within days from a Swiss jail to house arrest and electronic monitoring at his Alpine resort chalet. The Swiss Justice Polanski Minister said she saw no reason to appeal the surprise decision by the Swiss Criminal Court. Polanski would have to remain in Switzerland as authorities assess whether to extradite him to the United States for having sex in Los Angeles in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. Ministry Spokesman Folco Galli said the final decision on transferring Polanski to his chalet in the Swiss resort of Gstaad would be made “quickly.” The widow of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy told Oprah Winfrey in an interview broadcast Wednesday that even as her husband knew he was dying of brain cancer he had been “in training” to make sure he had enough strength to attend President Barack Obama’s inauguration. In the most extensive interview since her husband’s death in August, Vicki Kennedy said she wouldn’t try to run for her husband’s former U.S. Senate seat and described how he battled brain cancer — but she would not talk about the last thing he said to her before dying. “I think I’ll just keep that one to myself,” she told Winfrey on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”


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Columbus City Council to vote on smoking ban next week
PUBLIC HEARING: Residents speak out against ban; some want stricter rules
COLUMBUS — After a dozen residents spoke Tuesday during a public hearing on a proposed smoking ban, the Columbus City Council is expected to vote on a ban Dec. 1. The majority of those who spoke Tuesday were opposed to a ban; although, several business owners asked for a complete ban, if one is enacted at all. “We’ve been through this,” said John Bean, a stockholder in The Eat With Us Group, which owns several restaurants — including Harvey’s, Sweet Peppers Deli and The Grill — in Columbus, as well as restaurants in Starkville and Tupelo, which both have city smoking bans. “As a business owner, I’m opposed to this ordinance. “I also understand these things are happening, happening everywhere,” he continued. “(Starkville’s ordinance, which allows smoking on restaurant patios) manipulated the market and allowed some restaurants and bars in town to have an advantage over others. I have one of those (restaurants with no outside patio section), and it very adversely affected that business. In Tupelo, they have a 100-percent ban in all places. I think restaurant and business owners would tell you it’s fair to everyone.” Asking the council to “ban smoking 100 percent in all public places,” Bean said doing so would ensure a “level playing field for everyone.” The ordinance, proposed by Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box, bans smoking in “all enclosed public places,” including restaurants. However, the ordinance, which largely is modeled after a Tennessee state law, allows smoking in “age-restricted venues,” or bars, restaurants and other establishments which only allow people age 21 or over to enter, and “private clubs,” which restrict access to the general public. As written, the ordinance allows businesses with three or fewer employees to designate enclosed smoking rooms, inaccessible to the general public. Additionally, exemptions are provided for “non-enclosed areas of public places, including, openair patios, porches or decks.” “I’m in favor of a smoking ban, but in no way in favor of the ban as it’s written,” said William “Bart” Lawrence, a co-owner of The Princess Theater. “I believe the only way for this to be fair is if it is across the board. I don’t believe anything good can come from loopholes and exceptions.” But I was going to thank you for having the foresight to not have a rubber-stamp ordinance. I thank you for giving Sey’s the option to be age-restricted. “A sports bar like ours is different from a regular restaurant,” he continued. “Someone comes to a place like ours to watch a ball game or to sing karaoke and they’re going to stay a while. If they’re a smoker, they’re not going to stay. It will put a business like ours out of business; that’s a fact.” “I’m opposed to any ordinance banning smoking, because I feel like the customers and business owners should decide that,” said Carl Hogan, who also is a coowner of Sey’s Sports Bar and Grill. “It should not be forced on them.” “To sit back and try to convince yourselves it doesn’t have an effect on the economy is to fool yourselves,” he added, showing the council data he said supported restaurants and bars in California and other states were hurt by smoking bans. Wiggins said of Columbus not having a smoking ban. “If people don’t allow smoking, they have a sign (prohibiting smoking). And people (who are bothered by smoke), they don’t have to go there. I think you’d be better off to leave it the way it is.” “I feel if there’s going to be a ban, it should be 100 percent across the board,” said Brian Roberts, a co-owner of The Princess Theater. “It should be in full, so no one has leverage over another. All of us should have to obey the same rules and there should not be an age restriction that changes it.”

Columbus versus Starkville
“You’ve got to step into the 21st Century,” Bob McGrath, a resident who moved to Columbus five years ago, told the council. “This is ridiculous. Most states have gone no-smoking. Restaurants have, and I don’t see where it’s affected their business. “All things being equal, five years ago, if Starkville were nonsmoking, I would’ve moved there,” he continued. “As new executives come in, they’re going to have a choice between Columbus and Starkville to reside and, believe you me, we’re going to suffer. For the benefit of the general economy, we need to pass a smoking ban. The vast majority of folks want it nonsmoking.” “I respect others that don’t smoke, but I ask it should be the owner’s right whether to allow smoking,” said Ronald Darnell Clowers.

served as Ward 2 councilwoman and spearheaded earlier efforts for the council to enact a smoking ban, said she’s “for an all-out smoking ban.” About two years ago, the sitting council and an intergovernmental relations committee of city and county officials considered a smoking ban, but the matter never went to a vote. “I think it’s very important,” Mackay explained. “I suffer from asthma, and the only thing that brings it out is smoke. I would like to go sit at Sey’s and talk to friends, but there’s no way I can go into that establishment at all. It is a quality-of-life issue, and quality of life is very important to all of us. It is important to our community.” “People smoke,” noted Helen Willis. “They make their choices; they understand the pros and cons of it. All of the people seem pretty content (without an ordinance). Don’t take a person’s civil rights away, a choice to make that decision on our own. We send people to the military to die for our rights, and we’re trying to give them away. The ban, to me, is ridiculous.”

A decision for the business owners
“Most business owners feel like it’s a decision for them,” said Clyde Rhea, a non-smoker who also is a co-owner of Sey’s Sports Bar and Grill. “I think they should have a right to make their decision, without the government, on their own. People should have enough sense to know whether they should or should not (frequent or own a smoking establishment). That being said, it seems the ordinance is inevitable.

Petition of ‘discontent’
Hogan also presented a petition with 428 signatures of residents expressing their “discontent” over the proposed ban. “The decision should be left solely to the proprietor,” he said, noting he signed a three-year lease for Sey’s based on the failure of the previous ordinance to pass. “But if it’s passed, (the ban) should be the same as those in Tennessee. Without smoking, we will not survive.” “I can’t see why they can’t just leave it the way it is,” Kenny

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“I have serious health issues, and it’s unfortunate I haven’t found that many places in Columbus that don’t allow smoking,” said Anne Allen. “I don’t have any problem with people having a right to smoke, as long as it doesn’t interfere with my right to breathe. I’m sure there are lots of smokers who aren’t aware they make someone sick. A smoking ban would be a gift to those of us who have health problems.”

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ated alliance of alumni groups, is hoping to help MUW raise $3 million to offset state budget cuts and never again face merger or closure. Students are speaking out, too, to explain what’s at stake if MUW loses its independence. “We have worldrenowned nursing and education programs,” said senior education major Laura White. “In Mississippi, you can get a job in education just for being a W grad. You can’t get that anywhere else. You can’t go to Mississippi State and get a job because you’re a Mississippi State grad.” A follow-up event, W Day at the Capitol, is planned for Jan. 11 in Jackson, White said. Mason also expressed concern scholarships available to MUW students would be lost in the merger. Shirley Boudreau, a senior studio arts student who attends MUW along with her daughter, April, expressed similar concerns. “There are more scholarships here and more activities I can be a part of. And it’s easier to blend in with the younger kids here. That’s just one of those things you can’t get at a larger school,” she said. Sophomore family studies major Stacey Jones says that could cost MUW to lose some promising young programs. “Some of the programs here are just starting to develop. Like the counseling program is starting to become very well developed. I’m scared if we merge with State the counseling center might be moved over there and the administrator would have to follow their rules,” said Jones. Amber Parker, a senior communication major, is concerned the W’s communication program will be absorbed into MSU’s because MSU has more money and equipment. In addition, she said, MUW, as well as the three HBCU’s stand to lose their identity in mergers. grams which could be on the chopping block at MUW is the Hearin Leadership Program, since MSU already has its Day One Leadership Program. “This university has everything that makes us better citizens and leaders,” said Emily Sullivan, a senior education student and Hearin participant. “All these great leaders, when they leave here, impact their graduate schools.” For senior education major April Boudreau, there’s no more reason to merge MUW and MSU than any other two state schools. MUW’s tradition make it worth maintaining independently, she said. something “There’s

They ask school officials. They ask teachers. They don’t ask students. This is our way of saying something without being asked,” said Lizzie Locker, a sophomore creative writing major and organizer of the protest. While it may be unlikely legislators in Jackson will take notice of 50 students standing in a line in Columbus, Locker said the protest also was aimed at her fellow MUW students. “There are a lot of students who still don’t even know what’s going on. A lot of us just live in our little study-and-work holes and don’t even think about it. And that’s how it should be in college. You shouldn’t have to worry about your school being absorbed by something else,” she said. “We need to make sure everybody on campus knows what’s going on and what they can do to stop it.”

Tuition concerns, identity crisis
Michelle Johnson, a senior psychology student, is able to pay her own tuition and doesn’t want that to change. “Honestly, I’m not ready to pay more tuition each semester. I get no financial aid from the school, yet I’m willing to stand here and say this is my home. If we are merged with another school, I think of it like we will be eaten by another school, because it just won’t exist anymore,” said Johnson. MUW students likely will face a tuition increase regardless. Limbert told the Friends of the W Sunday immediate increases in enrollment and tuition likely would not offset the budget cuts. If the money cannot be raised, according to Limbert, merger might be the school’s only option, resulting in a shuffling of administrators and academic programs.

about the W that people hold with pride. I want to be able to have that. I want my kids to be able to have that, and future generations,” she said. “They could do so many other things. They could combine State and Ole Miss. If they said that, let’s see what would happen. Let’s see how many protests would go on.” If merger talks persist, MUW students say there will be more protests, and they hope to get more students on board. “We had a pretty good turnout today,” said sophomore history major Audrey Avery of the protest march. “But if there’s another one, it should be 10 times this.”

Counting the costs
Autumn Mason, a freshman speech pathology student, is concerned the monetary benefits being touted by Barbour — $35 million in savings by 2012 — won’t justify the losses to MUW. “One of the great things about MUW is it has a university education with a community college price, which makes it much more available to many students who wouldn’t have been able to go to college,” said Mason. “When they merge, it would mean that price we have now would go up to level out what they have at MSU.” Resident tuition in 2010 for MUW will be $4,423, the lowest among state schools. Tuition at MSU will be a state-high $5,150.

Its own niche
“We’re going to lose a lot of good quality students who chose those institutions because they have their own niche. With eight public universities, each one has its own niche to separate it from other schools in the area,” said Parker. One of the unique pro-

Merger won’t fly

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Stopping the merger may not be necessary as a number of influential state legislators have publicly opposed Gov. Haley Barbour’s proposal to merge MUW with MSU as well as his proposal to merge the state’s historically black colleges — Jackson State, Delta State and Mississippi Valley State. Legislators have told MUW President Dr. Claudia Limbert merging was off the table, Limbert said Sunday during a Friends of the W meeting. But students, faculty and alumni aren’t relaxing. The Friends of the W, a non-affili-

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A proclamation by the president of the United States of America The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth. By the President: Abraham Lincoln William H. Seward Secretar y of State

year’s. For many, this long weekEven so, we may see end is about family and more crowds on Black friends, turkey and football, Friday this year. Why? and most of all, gathering Because shoppers are getaround a table and giving ting more and more thrifty. thanks. We’re sniffing out deals. It’s also about shopping. Marketers call us “thrifty Black Friday isn’t actually researchers” — a consumer the busiest shopping day of segment that has grown the year — the Saturday about 30 percent nationwide before Christmas typically just this year. We’re the folks earns that honor — but it’s Steve Mullen who actively seek out barthe traditional kickoff of the gains. We may be buying Christmas shopping season. It’s opening day at the box office. It’s the with cash, but we’re getting the most for our buck. ceremonial first pitch. And when do the best deals of the Shop owners are watching that first year kick in? Black Friday. pitch of the season very carefully. If you felt your old hernia open up They’re looking for George W. Bush in Yankee Stadium after 9/11. They want to when you picked up the paper this morning, you know what we’re talking about. see us collectively thumb our noses to hardship, stride to the mound with confi- (OK, the papers aren’t as thick as they used to be, but everything is relative.) dence, wind up and deliver a perfect Deals are all over the place. strike. Locally, retailers are hoping Black Yet many experts expect our ball to Friday won’t lead to a blue Christmas. fall short of the plate. And, as a city, we can hardly afford one. According to several polls out there, The state Tax Commission has most of us plan to spend about the same returned less sales tax money to the city this year as last. This year’s National Retail Federation’s forecast said as much. this year, so far, than it has in the last Locally, shoppers The Dispatch talked to eight. We’re on track for the worst earnings year since 2001. Just comparing this during open house sales in Columbus a year to last, through October, we’ve few weeks ago said the same thing — spent $39 million less at Lowndes County this Christmas will look a lot like last

businesses (an 11 percent decrease). What can we do? Many households have no choice but to spend less. We’re no different — that was an easy decision. Since we have kids, the tough part is pulling them onto the lap and explaining why Santa will be dropping off fewer presents. “You see, Santa was overinvested in bank stock. He thought Citi was going under, and he sold at the bottom. Santa’s workshop is a toxic asset. The elves got downsized; those left are doing more with less. So, don’t look for that iPod Touch.” What we can do, though, is shop locally when we do spend. We have much to be thankful for in Columbus, retail-wise. We have lots of great locally owned specialty shops downtown, along Highway 45, and elsewhere that could use our love. We have an Old Navy and a Belk’s and a Reed’s and a Penney’s. We have a Sears and a couple of Fred’s, and of course, a WalMart. We have a lot of options for city our size. And we have a hunger for deals. They’re out there. Especially on Friday. Let’s all be thankful for that, and let’s shop in Columbus. Because we’re all sitting around the same table. Steve Mullen is managing editor of The Dispatch. Reach him at smullen@cdispatch.com.


Thankful for gangsta rap
sees the open door as a Another November, means to salvation. another year of My wife and I called 911 Thanksgiving memories. and then applied anything Should I be thankful or diswe could find to put direct appointed that nothing out pressure on unknown guy’s of the ordinary or even wounds. Paramedics arrived downright weird happened and took over. Cops arrived this holiday? and took unknown guy’s Most of my statement, urging him to Thanksgiving holidays have cooperate with police and gone off without a hitch. not to take matters into his But a few have been real Greg Kane own hands and seek lulus. Take my most memovengeance on knife-wielding rable Thanksgiving maniac. moment. Thanksgiving dinner the next day Actually, it happened the night passed with me occasionally and nervBEFORE Thanksgiving. I was in my ously glancing at the front door. I’ve house, sitting on the couch watching television. Suddenly my son – a teenag- kept a firearm handy in my house ever since that incident. er at the time – shot through the door The strangest Thanksgiving moment with a look of utter terror on his face. “Oh, this CAN’T be good,” I thought occurred a few years. It actually happened about a week before to myself. No sooner had the thought Thanksgiving. I was driving a friend to formulated than a guy I didn’t know from Rudyard Kipling shot through the Detroit to attend her mother’s funeral. We were driving west on I-70 in door, dead on the heels of my son. He Maryland when we saw a turkey runwas wearing a white T-shirt; bloodning east on our side of the road. stains dotted the back. Unknown guy And I’m talking BOOKING. This shut the door and he and my son critter was the Usain Bolt of the turkey quickly bolted it, just in time to avoid world. He sure as heck was the letting some other unknown guy in. smartest. I figured the gobbler had put From my son and the bleeding two and two together, figured out what unknown guy I soon learned what had was about to happen to him in about a happened. My son and a buddy were week’s time and decided to jet. standing on our front porch chatting. “It’ll happen to the rest of you (“Kickin’ it” is the proper slang term.) Unknown guy ran on to my front lawn, turkeys,” I pictured the roadrunner wannabe saying, “but it ain’t happening with a knife-wielding maniac close on his heels. Knife-wielding maniac starts to me.” If my friend and I didn’t have imporstabbing unknown guy ON MY FRONT tant and pressing business in Detroit, I LAWN. Figuring nothing good could swear I would have turned the car possibly come from this situation, my around and followed the turkey to see son’s buddy bolted. My son decided it where he ended up. How desperate was best to probably spend the rest of was he? the evening indoors. Unknown guy

He was headed to a city nicknamed “Bodymore, Murderland” to make his escape. In “the weirdest thing I’ve ever given thanks for” category, rap music would win hands down. You read that correctly: the soon-tobe 58-year-old man likes rap music. And I like it for a reason. Rap helped kill disco. I owe rappers and rap music a debt I can never repay. Yes, I know many in my generation put down rap music – especially gangsta rap – but if the genre helped kill disco, it can’t be all bad. And there are other genres of rap besides gangsta (which I’m NOT a fan of, by the way). There’s even gospel rap. Yeah, I know, it sounds like an oxymoron. Kind of like “good disco music.” Let’s not condemn an entire genre of music just because of one negative offshoot. I say it’s possible to like rap while having a total disdain for gangsta rap. In fact, I cite gangsta rap as one of the three factors in the decline of black student achievement. From the 1960s to around 1988, experts agree the achievement level of black students increased dramatically, with the achievement gap between black and white students getting narrower. Then it stopped. I’ve blamed gangsta rap, the crack cocaine epidemic and the frightening obsession too many young black men have with the movie “Scarface” for the decline. Yes, I know it sounds silly, and I’ve been told so. But that’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it. Kane is a self-syndicated columnist who lives in Baltimore. His e-mail address is gregkane@mac.com.


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The gulf between town and tower 11/23/2009
Dave: Yes, the towns people better wake up. If one looks at the pending budget cuts I am afraid The W campus would be like the ugly step child for MSU and be forgotten. (Think Mary Holmes in West Point) Remember once a closure or merger happens there is no going back! pam: As a “W"grad-’75 I am totally disappointed to see what is happening in Columbus concerning the school. On a recent visit to the area- my first in 30 years- I was appalled at the lack of concern from local citizens and shop owners in downtown when I asked about what was happening at my school. They didn’t

seem to care. Regardless of whom or what they support they need to unite to save this school. … Where is the other support ? Why aren’t the city leaders having planning sessions with legislators...why aren’t the Main Street people hanging signs of support, where are the billboards on 45 that would support and promote the school, who is going to come up with a “slogan” that everyone (including the feuding alums) can use to show support to the ENTIRE state? Get off your behinds Columbus … you (the city) will be the “biggest loser.”

I also happened to be on the campus of GC&SU in the mid-90s when the resurgence there began and had Dr. Wilson as my thesis adviser. The Georgia Board of Regents made the decision in the 1960s to change the focus and mission of GC when they changed the name. The IHL and the MS Legislature - have not changed the name or the mission (and hopefully will not). Why not compare The W to a successful women’s university like Texas Western to show what the W could be?

Birney Imes: Georgia school offers example for MUW - 11/21/2009
Jekyll Man at 11/23/2009: Apples and Oranges - As an alum of MSU - and GC&SU - and with a “W” alum as my better half, I can really say there really is no comparison between the W and GC&SU.

Birney Imes replies: Texas Woman’s University is often mentioned as a model for The W by those opposing name and mission change. I’m not sure why as there are significant differences: TWU has the benefit of having campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston, all metropolitan areas, and male enrollment at the school is only 5 percent.

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James Hollingshed
STARKVILLE — James Lee Hollingshed, 66, died Nov. 22, 2009, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala. Services are Friday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Longveiw Church with the Rev. Larnzy Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is today from 1-6 p.m. at West Memorial Funeral Home. West Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Hollingshed was born in 1943 in Oktibbeha County. He was of Baptist Faith. years with Bryan Foods, then he worked as a sales representative for Vee Chemical Company for 20 years. He was a member of West End Baptist Church and he was a veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Doris M. Ledbetter, of West Point; daughters, Debbie L. Turman, of West Point, Kim White, of Cedar Bluff; son, William F. Ledbetter, of West Point; and two grandsons. Pallbearers were Jeff Cartee, Terry Martin, Mike Weeks, Tim Boatner, Justin Atkinson and Wayne Crosswhite. Memorials may be made to Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 800 Avery Blvd., Suite 100, Ridgeland, MS 391575225. Hattiesburg; sisters, Carolyn Hodo Cope, of Jackson, Winnie Hodo Frey, of Lansing, Ill., Gaila Hodo Williams, of Hamilton; and four grandchildren. Pallbearers were Peter Thomas Hodo IV, Mark Hazard, Sonny Jameson, Billy Milican, Kyle Chandler, Steve

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Sadie Steel
Sadie Steel, 95, died Nov. 24, 2009, in Steens. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lee-Sykes Funeral Home of Columbus.

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John “Huey” Sanders
John Hughlett Sanders, 55 of Columbus, MS passed away Monday, November 16, 2009 at Baptist Memorial Hospital –GT, Columbus, MS. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Mr. Sanders was born January 25, 1954 in Grenada, MS to the late John Sanders and Doris Cunningham Sanders. He was a resident of Columbus, MS for the past 15 years having moved from Grenada, MS. Mr. Sanders was a truck driver, loved his family and music. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Loretta “Jan” McGonagill. Mr. Sanders is survived by his sons – Sean Sanders, Grenada, MS; Levi McGonagill Rodgers, Columbus, MS; mother-in-law Helen Wheeler, Columbus, MS; sister-in-law, Melinda Sams, Columbus, MS; brother-in-law, Chris (Alicia) McGonagill, Calhoun City, MS; nieces, Heather Williams, Holley McGonagill, Anna Grace McGonagill; nephews, Blake Williams, John Thomas Sams and Patrick McGonagill. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Levi McGonagill Rodgers benefit account, c/o Melinda Sams, 168 Delwood Dr., Columbus, MS 39702.

Ethel Esther Troskey
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STARKVILLE — Laura B. Rich, 88, died Nov. 18, 2009, at her family home. Services are Friday at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Riddley Rich Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery. Visitation is today from 4-6 p.m. at West Memorial Funeral Home. West Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Rich was born in 1921 in Oktibbeha County. She was a homemaker and of Baptist faith.

ATLANTA, Ga. — Dr. Helen Bernice Harrold Naugle, 89, died Nov. 20, 2009, in Atlanta. Graveside service are Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Mrs. Naugle was born Aug. 11, 1920, in West Point to the late Nancy Helen Weddle Harrold and Judson Nixon Harrold. She was the first female professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she was recognized with numerous awards. She served as head of the Regents exam committee, the Rhodes Scholar search committee and presented at international conferences. She was a member of St. John United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Jefferson B. Naugle; sister, Ida Judson Harrold Wilkerson; daughter, Helen Naugle Deibler; four granddaughters and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to St. John UMC or Georgia Tech Wesley Foundation.

James E. Chandler
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Peter Hodo
Peter Hodo Jr., 82, died Nov. 23, 2009, at his residence. Services were Wednesday at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Bishop officiating. Burial followed in Amory Masonic Cemetery. Mr. Hodo was born June 13, 1927, in Amory to Peter Thomas Hodo and Nona Mary Seay. He retired as chairman of the Board of First National Bank in West Point in 1997 after having served as President. He was active with the West Point Municipal School District board for almost 20 years, and was active in service to his church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Frances Hodo Pierce. He is survived by his wife, Patsy Milstead Hodo, of West Point; sons, Peter Thomas Hodo III, of West Point, Patrick William Hodo, of

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Neily Ledbetter
WEST POINT — Neily F. “Pete” Ledbetter, 78, died Nov. 23, 2009, at the Specialty Hospital of Meridian. Services were Wednesday at 10 a.m. Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Bro. Jonathan Childress officiating. Burial followed in Memorial Garden Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Ledbetter was born June 5, 1931, in Nashville, Tenn., to the late Ferrell Lee McPherson Ledbetter and Neily Taft Ledbetter. He was a supervisor for 17

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Ethel Esther Troskey
Ethel Esther Troskey, age 84, died Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at her residence in Columbus, MS. Services will be held Friday, November 27 at 2:00 pm at Central United Methodist Church with Rev. Curtis Petrey of Petrey, AL and Rev. Jonathan Speegle of Columbus officiating. Burial will follow at Friendship Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 26 from 5 until 7 pm at Memorial Funeral Home. Mrs. Troskey was born on April 3, 1925 in Clinton, Indiana to the late Andrew Benton Gunnoe and the late Anna Gunnoe Pepelea. Esther met her husband-to-be, Francis Thomas Troskey, in high school. They married while he was in the Navy at the end of WWII. They had three children, Gene Thomas, Janet Marie, and Philip Andrew. During the course of her life, Esther worked at two defense plants during WWII, was the secretary to the President of Hanover College, and, later, worked as a secretary at Mississippi State University. While working at MSU, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She was the owner/manager of two bicycle shops, one in Columbus and one in Starkville, and is still known as the “Bicycle Lady.” Later, she became the secretary for her husband’s business, “Frank Troskey, Forest Manager and Consultant.” Esther participated as a volunteer in various organizations throughout her life: Cub Scouts, the Pink Lady organization at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, Contact Crisis Center, and adult literacy. She was a fervent Christian and was a member of Central United Methodist Church for many years. Esther had a very full life. She had the companionship of her husband for over 62 years, and had a loving, caring relationship with her children, family members, extended family, and friends. She did work that she enjoyed and was fortunate enough to travel extensively. She was well-loved by all who knew her and was an unofficial wise counselor to more than a few troubled people. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, and one sister. She is survived by her husband, their three children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, one brother, Dr. Charles Gunnoe of Corona, California, and one sister, Mabel Pugh of Clinton, Indiana. Pallbearers will be relatives and other loved ones. In lieu of flowers, we ask that memorials be made to Central United Methodist Church, 1201 College Street, Columbus, MS 39701, or Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703 or The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 8, Columbus, MS 39703.

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James E. Chandler
James E. "Jim" Chandler, age 75, of Warsaw, IN, formerly of Columbus, MS, died November 23, 2009, at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, IN. Graveside services will be Saturday, November 28, 2009, at 10:00 AM, at Rowan Cemetery in Steens with military honors and Gunter & Peel Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be Friday, November 27, 2009, from 5:00-8:00 PM at Gunter & Peel Funeral Home. Mr. Chandler was born March 13, 1934 in Columbus, MS to the late James Alfred and Sue L. Cain Chandler. He had lived in Warsaw, IN, for the past 49 years and was a retired semi truck driver for Stump's L. P. Gas of Pierceton, IN. Mr. Chandler served in the Army National Guard of Mississippi and honorably discharged in May of 1955. He was also a member of the North Webster American Legion Post #253 and the Warsaw Moose Lodge. Mr. Chandler was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Bell McCool Chandler. Survivors include his wife, Jerry Chandler of Warsaw, IN, son, Buddy Chandler (Patti) of Pierceton, IN, daughters, Mary Conway (Jim) of North Webster, IN, Kathy Hutchins (James) of Duncanville, AL, Anita Stump (Jack) of Silver Lake, IN, and Connie Chandler of Pierceton, IN, sister, Essie Mason of Gordo, AL, 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 11 great great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army 501 Arthur St. Warsaw, IN 46580.

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Bobby Sam "Bob" Boone, age 74, of Columbus, MS, died November 23, 2009, at his residence. Funeral services will be Friday, November 27, 2009, at 10:00 AM at Fairview Baptist Church with Rev. Mickey Dalrymple, Rev. Sammy Crawford, and Rev. Tommy Gillon officiating and Gunter & Peel Funeral Home directing. The body will be at the church one hour prior to the service. The interment will immediately follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Pickens County, AL. Visitation will be Thursday, November 26, 2009, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Gunter & Peel Funeral Home. Mr. Boone was born July 12, 1935, in Haywood County, NC, to the late Columbus T. and Ethel Angeline Cope Boone. He moved to Columbus from Toleda, WA in 1979 to help build the Weyerhaeuser plant in Columbus. Mr. Boone worked in management for 30 years before he retired in 1991 after 36 years of service. He continued to work as a consultant for the next nine years. He attended Fairview Baptist Church and was preceded in death by a son, Earl Craig Boone. Survivors include his wife, Edna Boone of Columbus, sons, Donnie Jones of Columbus, Raymond Scott Boone (Lindy) of Toleda, WA, and Daniel Kim Boone (Stephanie) of Silver Lake, WA, daughters, Ceal Pate (Joe) of Greenwood, MS, Yolanda Sue Murray (Paul) of Kelso, WA, and Barbara K. Tobias of Toleda, WA, brother, Edwin Roger Boone (Dottie) of Longview, WA, grandchildren, Leah, Christina, & Heather Pate, Joshua Jones, Cindal & Nick Tobias, Raymond, Nesha, Kelcee, Alinia, & Tyrah Boone, Mandy, Nathan, & Russell Williamson, great grandsons, Sayre & Harley Williamson, and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be J. B. Cox, Wayne West, E. C. Patterson, Ed Atkins, Ray Crane, Ralph Taylor, and Tim Cox. Honorary pallbearers will be friends, the Friendly City Good Sams, coworkers at Weyerhaeuser, Dr. Walter Cosby, Dr. Rob Jones, and Dr. John Whitecar. Memorials may be made to Fairview Baptist Church 127 Airline Rd. Columbus, MS 39702 or Baptist Memorial Hospice Program P.O. Box 1307 Columbus, MS 39703.


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BUSINESS: Former restaurant now a cluster of ‘creative offices’ for small businesses
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I When shopping for a new car, negotiate price over the phone with several dealers. Because it is easier for you to end a phone conversation than walk out of a dealership, you are likely to get a better price. If the dealer won’t talk price with you over the phone, call another dealer.

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Bringing the arts to north Starkville

STARKVILLE — Jim Lytle can’t help but get a little teary-eyed when he talks about his new busiMediagraphix ness, Photography, on North Jackson Street. Lytle for years served as chief photographer at Mississippi State University’s Office of A g r i c u l t u r a l Communications. He also has shot for The Associated Press for more than 20 years. But Lytle’s dream has always been to open his own photo gallery and studio. These days, he’s living that dream. Mediagraphix Photography is one of a handful of businesses which opened recently in “The Studios on North Jackson,” located in the 1000 block of North Jackson Street. “In the back of my mind I’ve always wanted to do this,” Lytle said with a smile from his new studio space. “I never believed, never dreamed, that this could ever become possible. You know, this truly is a lifelong dream.” Robbie Coblentz, president of Broadcast Media Group, purchased the old Black Eyed Pea restaurant and divided the 9,200square-foot building into three “creative offices.”

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Jim Lytle discusses his new studio and gallery space with friend Valerie Phillips last week during an open house at Lytle's business, Mediagraphix Photography. The business opened in The Studios on North Jackson — a project spearheaded by Robbie Coblentz, president of Broadcast Media Group.

L ytle and M e d i a g r a p h i x Photography occupy the southernmost end; the middle area contains Broadcast Media Group’s production offices, including three state-of-the-art

The northern space contains six individual offices Coblentz is renting to individual businesses. Three tenants rent the space so far, including a start-up company which offers high-quality work

“In the back of my mind I’ve always wanted to do this. I never believed, never dreamed, that this could ever become possible. You know, this truly is a lifelong dream.”
Jim Lytle owner if Mediagraphix Photography
high definition video-editing bays, an 850-squarefoot studio and mass DVD duplication equipment, plus conference areas and office space. Coblentz moved his office to The Studios on North Jackson from his old building down the street. clothes. Jobman Workwear is a company which is based out of Sweden, but Charlie and Kathleen Griffin recently opened a U.S. office in The Studios on North Jackson. The clothing, which includes pants, jackets, long-johns and

other items, is designed for the working man, Kathleen Griffin said. “We’re real excited about getting this up and running in the U.S.,” she said. “This is a brand new thing.” Griffin also commended Coblentz for the work he’s done to rehabilitate the building. The structure was built in the early 1950s and first served as a car dealership. It has since been a truck repair shop, a nightclub, a restaurant and a community counseling center. Coblentz estimated he put a “a couple hundred thousand” dollars worth of work into the building. Griffin and the other tenants appreciate the hours Coblentz and his wife, Bonnie, spent renovating

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In the seating area of The Studios on North Jackson is Richie Davenport, in the foreground, Charlie Griffin and Olof Almstrom, right.

the building this summer. “I think it’s a real asset, not only for Starkville, but for this area of North Jackson,” Griffin said. The north side of town is often seen as underdeveloped and neglected, Coblentz said. He lives in Plantation Homes, down the street from The Studios on North Jackson. He wanted to change what he called an “eyesore” into state-of-the-art workspace. “Bottom line is that we took a vacant and underutilized building, invested in a significant rehab and

are housing five businesses, two of them (Jobman and Mediagraphix) startups,” Coblentz said. “We are cleaning up a corner that has been neglected and creating a new professional work space. On top of that, we have installed state-of-the-art video production suites alongside a new video studio and photography studio. All this happening in the middle of a recession.” Main Street Arts also plans to relocate from its downtown location to The Studios on North Jackson, owner Linda Wade said.

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WASHINGTON — Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it will replace accelerator pedals on about 4 million recalled vehicles in the United States because the pedals can get stuck in the floor mats, another blow to the reputation of the world’s largest automaker. Toyota said dealers will offer to shorten the length of the gas pedals by about 3/4 inch beginning in January, as a stopgap measure while the company develops replacement pedals for their vehicles. New pedals will be installed by dealers on a rolling basis beginning in April, and some vehicles will have brake override systems installed as a precaution.

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Toxic chemicals released into the air from the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation site in Columbus were unlikely to cause illness, said the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease registry, which recently released the final version of its public health assessment of air exposures to wood treatment chemicals from the Kerr-McGee plant. ATSDR officials noted levels of toxic chemicals released into the air, including pentachlorophenol and naphthalene, but all levels measured and predicted were lower than levels known to cause illness. However, ATSDR scientists also determined some illnesses are not well-studied and concluded it was possible some residents could experience temporary irritation when breathing the chemicals in the air. Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp., Forest Products Division in Columbus manufactured pressuretreated railroad products such as wooden cross-ties, switch ties, and timbers from about 1928 to 2003. The facility produced treated railroad products that used creosote and creosote coal tar solutions. The facility also used pentachlorophenol for wood treating from 1950 until 1975. ATSDR officials noted both processes exposed people to chemicals in the air. Additionally, they said the wood treatment process exposed people to pentachlorophenol and, to a lesser degree, dioxins. The creosote process exposed people to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons such as naphthalene. Creosote is a thick and oily liquid — usually amber to black in color — which commonly is used to preserve wood in the United States and as a pesticide. Lawsuits related to contamination at various Kerr-McGee sites in the country were settled for hundreds of millions of dollars and lawsuits still are pending. In the public health assessment, ATSDR concluded the following: I From 1950-1975 pentachlorophenol released into the air during the wood treatment process contributed to a low health risk. Residents should not experience health effects from the airborne exposures. However, during this time, people across the U.S. might have ingested pentachlorophenol from their food, and residents living near the KerrMcGee plant may have been more vulnerable to the air exposures. I Naphthalene released into the air from the creosote process may present the risk of respiratory irritation. African-American children appear to be uniquely susceptible to respiratory effects. I Measurements of other polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons released from creosote indicate air exposures are much less than exposures from contact or ingestion. I Small amounts of naphthalene are released when rainwater fills the pore spaces in the soil and pushes the vapors out, producing an unpleasant odor. Most instruments cannot detect naphthalene at these low levels and the odors do not pose a health risk. However, the odors of these vapors are unpleasant and may distress local residents. ATSDR recommended removing any treated wood that may be in the home, regardless of where it was manufactured and removing or covering soils that have strong odors in order to improve the quality of life for the residents. The public health assessment also includes an appendix containing all public comments received during the public comment period and ATSDR’s responses to these

comments. A copy of the public health assessment is on file at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, the Artesia Public Library, the Caledonia Public Library and the Crawford Public Library. Copies of the public health assessment can also be ordered from ATSDR Records Center, Attn: Kerr-McGee Site in Columbus, MS, 1600 Clifton Road NE MS F09, Atlanta, GA 30333. For more information about the Kerr-McGee public health assessment or ATSDR’s public health activities in Columbus, contact Centers for Disease Control at 1800-232-4636 or Greg Zarus, Environmental Health Scientist, at 770-488-0778. ATSDR, a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, evaluates the human health effects of exposure to hazardous substances.

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Douglas Childs was found dead from a single gunshot wound, OCSD Chief Deputy George Carrithers said. “It turns out the wife was the one who shot him,” Carrithers said. Carrithers wouldn’t disclose where Douglas Childs was shot, but did say he believes Verina Childes used a rifle. A relative at the Childs home, located south of Maben in Oktibba County, said the family had no comment Wednesday afternoon.

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Richardson, 30, of 127 Matson Road in Columbus, faces capital murder charges after a man he is accused of robbing in September 2006 died from wounds sustained after being beaten with a baseball bat. Fifty-seven-year-old Harvey J. Evans died in January 2007 as a result of Richardson’s Sept. 19, 2006 attack at Evans’ 122 Matson Road home. Testimony was given Tuesday by Dr. Reb McMichael, chief of forensic services at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield. McMichael answered questions by the prosecution, and Andre Degray, counsel for the defense. “During an evaluation on Feb. 12 of this year, it was determined he is mentally competent to stand trial,” said McMichael, reviewing a summary of an evaluation to determine Richardson’s competency. During questioning by the defense, McMichael said Richardson once demonstrated evidence of psychosis, which is a mental state described as involving a loss of contact with reality. “But he is mentally competent,” McMichael said. The defense asked McMichael about Richardson and his state of behavior when he is on and off of medication. “When he is on his medication, he is better off,” McMichael said. After McMichael left the witness stand Kitchens ruled Richardson, “is in fact competent to stand trial.” Kitchens ordered that Richardson be returned to

Whitfield to continue treatment until the time of the trial. He stressed to Richardson the importance of cooperating with Degray and Steve Wallace, who also is on the defense team. “Mr. Wallace and Mr. Degray are doing their best to defend you. Both are good lawyers, and if you are uncooperative with them, it is at your own peril,” Kitchens said. Capital murder carries a maximum penalty of death.

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said. “The victim thought it was a weapon. The suspect then demanded $20 and the victim was in fear, so he gave him the $20 so he would leave.” then Henderson “forced” the victim to the victim’s vehicle while keeping his hand in his pocket as if he had a weapon, Garnett said, and made the victim drive him to an unknown apartment complex on the north side of town. The victim and his fiancée didn’t report the incident to police until Monday out of fear for their safety. Henderson was denied bond Monday night in Municipal Court on the robber y and kidnapping charges. Henderson already was facing two counts of uttering forgery and one count of forgery, but had been released on $30,000 bond. He had been knocking on doors with a “sob story” about needing money to buy an inhaler for his asthmatic daughter, Garnett said. “He was telling everybody she’s got asthma,” Garnett said. “She don’t.” The forger y charges stem from an Oct. 21 incident, during which Henderson was knocking on doors and convinced someone to drive him to an automatic teller machine. When the victim got out of the vehicle to withdraw money from the ATM, Henderson stole a check from the victim’s checksaid. book, Garnett Henderson passed it as an electronic check, Garnett said, then went to another store and signed the check and cashed it. Police also have evidence of another forgery of an electronic check,

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Garnett said. Police received “multiple calls” about Henderson knocking on doors in the middle of the night, Garnett said. He is urging who gave anyone Henderson money under false pretense to contact Starkville police at 662-3234131. “If anybody feels like they’ve been victimized (by Henderson), I’d be glad to charge him with that, too,” Garnett said.

2009 Advent & Christmas Schedule
Sunday, November 29 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

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Friday, December 4 beginning at 5:00 p.m. Next to the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center. FUMC Elementary Singers will be singing at the tree lighting; FUMC’s Chancel Choir will be caroling.

Sunday, December 6 Dinner will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Artz Fellowship Hall with the program immediately following.

Tuesday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church.

Sunday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Featuring, Christian recording artists, Todd Agnew, Rush of Fools & Meredith Andrews Thursday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Artz Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $10.00 in advance and are available at the First United Methodist Church office. Sponsored by the United Methodist Men.

Sunday, December 20 during the 11:00 a.m. Worship service in the Sanctuary.

Thursday, December 24 at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

ONE Worship service at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. No Sunday School or evening programs.

ONE Worship service at 10:00 a.m. in the Artz Fellowship Hall. No Sunday School or evening programs
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James Robbins
MACON — James K. “Jimmy” Robbins, 79, died Nov. 23, 2009, at Winston County Medical Center in Louisville. Services are Saturday at 10 a.m. at Macon Independent Methodist Church with Bro. Gary Shelton officiating. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Cockrell Funeral Home of Macon. Mr. Robbins was born Aug. 18, 1930, in Macon to the late James Ward and Bessie Rebecca Thompson Robbins. He worked at the Macon Beacon as printer and publisher until his retirement. He was a member of the Macon Independent Church. He was a member of Macon Masonic Lodge No. 40 F and AM and served as grand master. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Robbins; stepmother, Nannie George Robbins; daughter, Rebecca Robbins Sims; sons, Jeff Robbins and Jim Robbins; and two granddaughters, all of Macon.

Fred Jenkins Sr., and George Burgin; sons, Brian Jefferson Burgin, David Burgin Jenkins and Troy Burgin; and brother, Willie Mitchell. She is survived by her children, Fred Jenkins, of Detroit, Mich., Mary Grace Burgin and Tommie Lee Burgin, both of Columbus, Richard Lee Jenkins, of Detroit, Mary Joyce Burgin, of Columbus, Betty Ann Jenkins, of Jackson, Bobby Jenkins, of Columbus and Stanley Jenkins, of Columbus; and brother, Jimmy Mitchell, of Columbus; several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

ating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation is Friday 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Wallace was born March 25, 1949, in Lamar County, Ala., to the late Foster Lee Wallace Sr. and Janie Lee Flemmings Wallace. He was a member of the Roxanna Baptist Church. He previously worked at Winfield Cotton Mill and Webster Auction Company. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charlie Wallace; stepmother, Anice Wallace; and stepsister, Michele Swanigan. He is survived by his daughters, Kiki Phushea Thomas, of Birmingham,

Ala., and Adrianna Wallace, of Columbus; brothers, Foster Wallace Jr., of Guin, Ala. and two stepbrothers; sisters, Brenda Sullivan, of Beaverton, Ala., and two stepsisters.

Ruth Duckworth
REFORM, Ala. — Ruth Gray Brown Duckworth, 91, died Nov. 22, 2009, at her family’s home. Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Unity Grove Methodist Church Cemetery in Palmetto. Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Duckworth was

born Oct. 17, 1918, to the late Wilson and Minnie Thomas Brown. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church and a member of the Rachel Chapter No. 145 Order of Eastern Star. She was a retired employee of Westinghouse in Reform. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sam J. Duckworth; son, Sam Duckworth Jr.; and granddaughter. She is survived by her daughters, Diane Allen, of Whitinsville, Mass., and Marilyn Driver, of Gordo, Ala.; sons, Arthur Duckworth, of Palmetto, Ala., and Jerry Duckworth, of Ethelsville, Ala.; brother, Preston Brown, of Navarre, Fla.; ten grandchildren and

15 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers are Brian Duckworth, T. J. Duckworth, Billy Curboy, Chris Curboy, Todd Dudley, Jonathan Pate and Jeff Wynne. Memorials may be made to Alabama School for the Blind, P. O. Box, 698, Talladega, AL 35161 in memory of Amanda Driver, or to Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.

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Charles Smith
Charles Smith, 51, died Nov. 24, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Carter’s Funeral Services of Columbus.

Robert Brandon
Robert Brandon, 88, died Nov. 25, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lowndes Funeral Home.

Daisy Burgin
Daisy Burgin, 81, died Nov. 19, 2009, at her residence. Services are Friday at 1 p.m. at Carter’s Funeral Chapel with Minister Mickey Watson officiating. Burial will follow in Brick Church Cemetery. Mrs. Burgin was born Jan. 22, 1928, in Lowndes County to the late Grace Wallace. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husbands,

Thomas Wallace
CARBON HILL, Ala. — Thomas Wallace, 60, died Nov. 20, 2009, at Consult America of Carbon Hill. Services are Saturday at 1 p.m. at Otts Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Joe Mack Bankhead offici-

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2009, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Services are Saturday 1 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah MB Church in with Pastor Mary Kyle officiating. Burial will follow in Tibbee Cemetery. Visitation is Friday from 4-6 p.m. at Carter’s Funeral Home in West Point. Flowers may be delivered on Friday after 1 p.m. Carter’s Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements. died Nov. 20, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Services are Saturday at 3 p.m. at Town Creek MB Church with Dr. Charles Davidson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is Friday from 3-6 p.m. at Carter’s mortuary Service Chapel. Mr. Davidson was born May 23,1937, to the late Fred and Ethel Lee GilliamDavidson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, William Earl Davidson; sister, Dorothy Jean Davidson; brothers, James Davidson, Willie Davidson, Woodrow Davidson and Robert Louis Davidson. He is survived by his son, Dr. Charles Davidson, of West Point; daughters, Tina Smith, of Woodland, and Angela Davidson, of St. Louis, Mo.; brothers, Joe Davidson, of St. Louis, Arnold Davidson and Sterling Davidson, both of Woodland; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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